In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Prov. 3:6)
While you may or may not consider yourself a person who needs everything to be done your way, we all have certain ways we like to do certain things. If you don’t believe me, try going to a friend’s house and loading their dishwasher after sharing a meal. How much space does there need to be between glassware or do you pack everything into the dishwasher and hope nothing breaks? Can dishwasher-safe pots and pans go in, or should they be hand washed anyway? Maybe for you, giving up control is easy until it is time to prepare barbecue ribs. However, just because the way someone else does something is different, it does automatically make it wrong.
The reality is that we can approach the way we live our lives a lot like this. We might be okay with submitting how we do certain things to God, but Proverbs tells us that we need to submit all our ways to God. This means that those areas of our lives that we try to hide, pretend don’t exist, or falsely diminish the importance of, need to be surrendered to Jesus.
All means all—not most or the just the ways we want to change. In order for us to walk in wisdom, we must surrender all of our ways to him.
Identify one thing you have not surrendered and release it to God.
Sadie Kaminski received her masters of divinity from Wesley Seminary in 2020. In her free time, she loves to climb the sand dunes along Lake Michigan.
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